Woman, 30, was hit for staying in

York Crown Court
York Crown Court

A VULNERABLE agoraphobic Scarborough woman had her head pinned down by her partner’s foot and was then repeatedly punched through a duvet because she wouldn’t go out.

Karl Daniel Drake, 27, appeared before York Crown Court for sentencing, having previously admitted assault, occasioning actual bodily harm.

Anna Wilkinson, prosecuting, told how after she told Drake that she could not go out of their flat, the 30-year-old victim was attacked for ten minutes in her bedroom.

Eventually, the court heard, the assault stopped, Drake exclaiming: “Oh my God, what have I done?” but not before his “vulnerable” partner was left with swellings and facial marks.

Laura Addy, mitigating, said that her client, of Trafalgar Road, and the victim had been addicted to amphetamines at the time of the incident on May 11 this year.

She added that her client was “disgusted” with himself, having been traumatised in the past by witnessing domestic violence.

She said that Drake had gone “cold turkey” while on remand in Hull prison and was now free of drugs, had the promise of a work and was so determined to change his ways that he wanted the court to pass a sentence which would afford him help.

The court heard that Miss Corrie, who wrote a letter to the court in support of her partner, believed that she had been just as responsible for violence within the relationship.

Miss Addy said that, on the day of the attack, Drake had been influenced by drugs, but was also worried that if his partner did not get out of the flat, and sign on for benefits, they stood to lose £240.

Drake, who had spent 68 days on remand, was sentenced to five months in prison, suspended for two years.

He was also placed under supervision for two years and ordered to attend a domestic violence programme.